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Consumer Federation of America records, 1967 - 2017

By McKenzie Combes

Collection Overview

Title: Consumer Federation of America records, 1967 - 2017

Creator: Consumer Federation of America

Extent: 22.5 Boxes

Arrangement: This collection is arranged into 11 series by type of material: 1) Official & Board Minutes; 2) Correspondence; 3) Statements; 4) Reports; 5) Testimonies; 6) Surveys; 7) Press Releases; 8) Annual Reports & Policy Resolutions; 9) CFAnews & Voting Record; 10) Conference Tapes; 11) Pamphlets.

Date Acquired: 07/06/2015

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The Consumer Federation of America records document the association's development from 1967 to 2017 through testimonies, newsletters, reports, statements, correspondence, press releases, pamphlets, policy resolutions, and videotapes. The collection contains minutes from the CFA board of directors meetings, CFA policy resolutions and CFA's annual reports (1980–2016). Other reports, statements, and surveys provide coverage of issues investigated, policies advanced, and materials developed to educate the public and media. Areas addressed include consumer safety, financial advancement and protection, consumer knowledge, post-9/11 terrorism insurance and safety, product safety in general and specifically product safety in children's products and automobiles

Of special interest is correspondence documenting interactions with prominent political figures including Joe Biden, Bill Clinton, Hillary Clinton, and Bob Dole. Also noteworthy are pamphlets from the association’s annual Consumer Assembly (1980–2015) and pamphlets developed for the CFA project America Saves. A set of video tapes (2000-2003) offer insight into CFA conferences that tackled issues including food safety, obesity, and bioterrorism. Reports document court cases and petitions. The collection contains the association's voting records (1971–2008).

CFANews and Consumer Federation of America annual reports are available online. See Series 8 for online access to annual reports and series 9 for online access to CFANews.Series 12 provides access to CFA's website from 2007-2017.

Biographical Note

As described on their website, "The Consumer Federation of America (CFA) is an association of non-profit consumer organizations that was established in 1968 to advance the consumer interest through the research, advocacy, and education." As of 2015, over 300 consumer groups belong to the federation and participate in its governance. Executive Director Stephen Brobeck selected the Consumer Movement Archives as the repository for the association’s records in 2015. For a comprehensive history of CFA, see Watchdogs and Whistleblowers: A Reference Guide to Consumer Activism, Robert N. Mayer and Stephen Brobeck, 2015.

Administrative Information

Accruals: Consumer Federation of America will send Annual Reports and Policy Resolutions each year. Date range should reflect this.

Access Restrictions: No restrictions.

Use Restrictions: The researcher assumes full responsibility for observing all copyright, property, and libel laws as they apply.

Technical Access Note: The cassette tapes will require a cassette player.

Acquisition Source: Consumer Federation of America

Acquisition Method: Donation

Appraisal Information: Acquired to document the history and preserve the organizational records of the Consumer Federation of America from its conception through 2015.

Preferred Citation: [Item title], [item date], Consumer Federation of America, Box [number], Folder [number or title], Morse Department of Special Collections, Kansas State University Libraries.

Processing Information: Student assistant McKenzie Combes processed and described the materials in 2015-2016.


Box and Folder Listing

Series 1: Official & Board MinutesAdd to your cart.
Box 1: Minutes, 1969-2015Add to your cart.
Series 2: CorrespondenceAdd to your cart.
Box 2: Correspondence, 1978-2011Add to your cart.
Series 3: StatementsAdd to your cart.
Box 3: Statements, 1967-74Add to your cart.
Box 4: Statements, 1977-79Add to your cart.
Box 5: Statements, 1979-88Add to your cart.
Box 6: Statements, 1989-2011Add to your cart.
Series 4: ReportsAdd to your cart.
Box 7: Reports, 1967-88Add to your cart.
Box 8: Reports, 1989-92Add to your cart.
Box 9: Reports, 1992-95Add to your cart.
Box 10: Reports, 1995-97Add to your cart.
Box 11: Reports, 1997-98Add to your cart.
Box 12: Reports, 1998-2000Add to your cart.
Box 13: Reports, 2000-03Add to your cart.
Box 14: Reports, 2003-08Add to your cart.
Box 15: Reports, 2008-2011Add to your cart.
Series 5: TestimoniesAdd to your cart.
Box 16: Testimonies, 1979-2005Add to your cart.
Box 17: Testimonies, 2005-2011Add to your cart.
Series 6: SurveysAdd to your cart.
Box 18: Surveys, 1987-2003Add to your cart.
Series 7: Press ReleasesAdd to your cart.
Box 19: Press Releases, 1981-2002Add to your cart.
Box 20: Press Releases, 2002-2010Add to your cart.
Box 15: Press Releases, 2010-11Add to your cart.
Series 8: Annual Reports & Policy ResolutionsAdd to your cart.
Box 21: Annual Reports & Policy Resolutions, 1980-2015Add to your cart.
Annual reports available online at http://hdl.handle.net/2097/34146.
Box 23: 7Annual Reports & Policy Resolutions, 2016-2017Add to your cart.
Series 9: CFAnews & Voting RecordAdd to your cart.
Box 22: CFAnews & Voting Record, 1971-2009Add to your cart.
CFAnews available online at http://hdl.handle.net/2097/34147.
Series 10: Conference TapesAdd to your cart.
Box 18: Tapes, 2000-2003Add to your cart.
Series 11: PamphletsAdd to your cart.
Box 18: Pamphlets, 1980-2015Add to your cart.
Series 12: Web Archives, 2007-2017Add to your cart.
Web pages created by the Consumer Federation of America. Some link to external sites. https://archive-it.org/explore?q=consumer+federation+of+america